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Missouri AG doubles efforts in Kansas City through Safer Streets Initiative

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt
Posted at 11:08 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 12:08:28-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Attorney General’s Office will double its efforts in Kansas City to assist with prosecuting violent crime at the federal level.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Tuesday that his office will lend two additional assistant attorneys general to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Missouri, which covers Kansas City and Springfield.

It’s part of the Safer Streets Initiative, a federal-state partnership that aims to prosecute violent crime in Missouri’s largest cities. The initiative launched last year with two lawyers from the Attorney General’s Office sworn in as special assistant U.S. attorneys in Kansas City.

Now, there will be a total of four special assistant U.S. attorneys in Kansas City and one in Springfield.

“We’re going to continue those efforts to do everything we can to prosecute violent crime in the Kansas City area,” Schmitt said at a news conference Tuesday to announce the increased efforts.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District Tim Garrison acknowledged the attention that Operation LeGend, which uses federal resources to combat violent crime in Kansas City, has received recently. The Safer Streets Initiative is an example of the state working with federal partners to work toward the same goal, Garrison said.

“While it’s important to acknowledge the assistance that the federal government is giving to local law enforcement agencies and authorities, it’s also important to acknowledge the assistance that we receive from our state and local partners,” Garrison said.

Schmitt said that his office "stands ready, willing and able" to help with the Operation LeGend initiative as well.

The Missouri Attorney General's Office also partners with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Missouri to provide attorneys in St. Louis.

For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at P3Tips.com.

Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the 41 Action News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015.